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Monday, August 11, 2008

Handey and Heidegger on tradition

another backpacking picA Heidegger quote I actually like this time--
The flight into tradition, out of a combination of humility and presumption, can bring about nothing in itself other than self-deception and blindness in relation to the historical moment.

Martin Heidegger - The Age of the World Picture
We tend to scoff at the beliefs of the ancients. But we can't scoff at them personally, to their faces, and this is what annoys me.

Jack Handey
Anyone got a better Handey quote on tradition?

only 20 days left to vote - Heidegger vs. Handey


Blightamus said...

Those are both pretty sweet quotes, but difficult to compare. History buffs would dig the first one. I don't think being scoffed would be a new experience for the ancients. In fact, they might dance circles of rhetoric around the scoffer.

On Nagel's, "What is it like to be a bat?" Jack Handey might have replied, "I don't say that the bird is 'good' or the bat is 'bad.' But I will say this: At least the bird is less nude."

Mike said...

Yeah, the two initial quotes had some comparative value but I like the Heidegger quote and couldn't quite find a Handey match.